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Cumbria police to host week of online community meetings

Posted by StreetSafe on February 16, 2011

DCC Stuart Hyde

Cumbrian residents will be given an opportunity to interact with their local policing Inspector during a series of online meetings next week.

The meetings have been arranged during Cumbria Constabulary’s Neighbourhood policing week, which is set to run from 21 to 25 February and aims to highlight the work ongoing in each neighbourhood to tackle community policing priorities.

Inspectors across the county will be hosting local web chats throughout the week to present opportunities for local residents to get to know their local police officers, invite them to ask any questions or get advice, and inform police of what issues should be dealt with as priorities in community areas.

Police are hosting more online meetings to become as accessible as possible to local communities, so that local people can find out more about policing in their area and find out information from the comfort of their own homes.

The following meetings are scheduled for the week:

• On Monday 21st February from 6pm to 8pm, Brampton Inspector, Diane Bradbury, will be hosting a web chat to discuss speeding and parking issues in Longtown and Dalston that had been previously identified as priorities by the community.

To have your say on whether this has improved, or if there are more important issues that need to be addressed, log on to

• On Wednesday 23rd February from 2pm to 3pm, Kendal Inspector Neil Allison will conduct a web chat to ask his local community about the current policing priorities – youth drinking and anti social behaviour. To join the web chat, log on to

• Later that day (Wednesday 23 February), between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, Barrow Inspector David Bosson will be logging on to to discuss anti social behaviour in Barrow and whether it needs to remain the main focus of police activity in the area.

• On Thursday 24th February, from 2pm to 3pm, Copeland Inspector Craig Lory will be inviting local residents to vote on whether the current policing priorities – anti-social behaviour in Chapel Street, Distington and anti-social driving across the area – should remain. To discuss your experiences and to give your opinion, log on to

• From 6:30pm to 8:30pm that evening, Thursday 24th February, Inspector Kevin Spedding for Ulverston and the Lakes, is hosting an online meeting at where local people are encouraged to join him to discuss whether speeding in Bowness and Coniston, underage drinking in Grange, anti-social behaviour in Ulverston, and poaching and wildlife crime in Broughton & Crake valley are still current policing priorities.

Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: “Using online web chats as a way of engaging with local people is a new initiative that we are embracing to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with policing in their area.

“Next week is our Neighbourhood Policing Week – a week dedicated to highlighting the hard work that goes on in each community. We want to make sure that everyone living and working in Cumbria has the opportunity to get to know who their neighbourhood police officers are, and web chats are easy, convenient tools for busy people to get in contact with them.

“By sharing information and ideas, communities can work with their neighbourhood police officers and partner agencies to directly improve the quality of life in their neighbourhood. We want residents to tell us what matters most to them in their area and what issues they want us to tackle.

“This will be the first time that we have arranged a full week of online meetings for local inspectors, and for some it will be a new experience! I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to log on, get to know your local inspector and help decide what police officers will focus on in your neighbourhood.”


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